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    Raceday    2009-08-21
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                      Elimination - Final
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S.B.O.A STAKES    Final
3 year old filly 1.609m auto 
  Purse: 171 300$ 

5 -- Trot, purse $171,300 (EX, P3, SF, TR)
Post time: 08:50 P.M.         Lasix: 04:35 P.M.
N:r Plac. Häst                Härstamning                         Kusk                Tränare               Tid Dist. Odds     Pris
 5   1    Elusive Desire      Angus Hall - Valley Amber           Paul MacDonell      Michael Keeling    1:54.1 1609    11   85 650    
 7   2    Cuddler             Kadabra - Yankee Twister            Mario Baillargeon   Murray Brethour    1:55.0 1609   185   42 825    
 9   3    Ill Wait For You    Kadabra - Blue Cookie               Trevor Ritchie      Daniel Creighton   1:56.1 1609   158   20 556    
 6   4    Magic Sassy         Kadabra - Sassy Winner K            Rick Zeron          Jim Arledge        1:56.3 1609   228   13 704    
10   5    Met's Inn           Mutineer - Met's Rival              Randall Waples      John Bax           1:56.4 1609   705    8 565    
 2   0    Striking Fashion    Striking Sahbra - Fashionable Liv   Mark MacDonald      Rene Laarman       1:57.0 1609   685        
 4   0    Novelty Ås          Striking Sahbra - Noblesse Ås       Jody Jamieson       Anette Lorentzon   1:57.3 1609   203        
 8   0    Mystic River        Kadabra - Celebrity Belle           Steve Condren       Kevin Oreilly      1:58.0 1609   632        
 1   0    Frienly Amigo       Amigo Hall - Diminutive             Blair Burgess       Blair Burgess      1:58.1 1609   173        
 3   d    Singin Moe          Amigo Hall - Our Kuli Girl          Jason Brewer        Kevin Oreilly          dg 1609   410
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Records Fall In SBOA Stakes

The odds said it was all about Elusive Desire tonight, and the O’Brien Award-winning filly didn’t disappoint in the $171,300 SBOA Stakes for three-year-old trotting lasses tonight at Mohawk, cruising unchallenged to the win in a new stakes record time.

Blair Burgess trainee, Friendly Amigo, with Burgess in the bike, took the early lead from the far inside with Jody Jamieson tucking Novelty AS into the pocket spot, but soon after Novelty AS made a break and took herself out of the action. By the 3/8 pole, Paul MacDonell sent 1-9 favourite Elusive Desire up from third to take command, and the pair opened up an authoritative two-length lead with the rest of the field struggling in their wake.

Friendly Amigo hung on in second until mid-stretch, when she faded to an eventual ninth, and Mario Baillargeon sent Cuddler ahead to capture second, with Ill Wait For You (Trevor Ritchie) behind her for third, but it was Elusive Desire who finished four lengths in front. She stopped the clocks in 1:54.1, shaving three-fifths of a second off the old stakes record set by the incomparable Peaceful Way in 2004.

Elusive Desire, a three-year-old daughter of Angus Hall, out of the Valley Victory mare, Valley Amber, is trained by Mike Keeling for P C Wellwood Enterprises, Bob Fasken, and Charlie Armstrong. This was her seventh win in 11 tries this season and improves her earnings to $829,714. She was recently third by a mere head in the Hambletonian Oaks, and based on her earnings was awarded a bye to the SBOA Stakes final, giving her a week off during last Friday’s eliminations.

“She really doesn’t get tired,” commented MacDonell. “You ask her at the head of the lane and she usually responds. She did again tonight.

“She loves to race so much I don’t think it really mattered whether she had to race last week or not. She went nine straight weeks and on the ninth week she was just as fresh as she was the first week. That’s just the kind of filly she is. She doesn’t do much all week as far as training; I know Mike [Keeling] is pretty easy on her and gives her a lot of paddock time. She does her thing on the racetrack.”

Asked to name Elusive Desire’s best assets, MacDonell didn’t hesitate to sing her praises. “She’s so resilient,” he began. “The trot comes easy to her, she doesn’t work hard at it, and she just loves to race. Behind the gate is the only time she really picks up the lines and goes.

“She and Bella Dolce [who won this stake last year for MacDonell] are very similar. Both of them seem to be dominating their divisions. I think this filly is more reliable than Bella was – she jumped it off a few times when she shouldn’t have and cost herself some money, while [Elusive Desire] I don’t think has ever made a break. She’s a very reliable filly.”

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